Tewksbury Hazard Mitigation
& Climate Resilience Planning
Tewksbury is frequently impacted by inland stormwater flooding and flood conditions are expected to worsen with climate change and anticipated increases in precipitation. Stormwater flooding is particularly prevalent in flat and low-lying areas of Town, areas with poor drainage, large amounts of impervious surfaces, and undersized culverts.
With the aid of a state climate resilience grant, the town of Tewksbury undertook a town-wide assessment of land that can be used for flood management and stormwater storage. The project aims to better manage and prevent flooding in roads, businesses and homes using nature-based solutions. We, alongside Weston and Sampson are supporting the town in these efforts.
Together, we are:
- Conducting survey to better understand where flooding occurs and to what extent
- Determining what town-owned parcels of land could be used for green infrastructure, and flood management.
- Identifying potential flood-resilient properties suitable for affordable housing.
Check out this StoryMap to learn about flooding in Tewksbury, proposed solutions, and what you can do at home to help.
Find out what we learned from community members through the town-wide survey.
Visit the town of Tewksbury’s website to read the full project report and learn more about the other work the town is doing related to hazard mitigation and climate resilience.
There will be no additional events related to this project, but find out what else is happening around the watershed.
Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program
This project is made possible by the Municiple Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program. The MVP program has awarded over $65 million in funding and technical support to communities across the state. With this year’s awards, 93% of Massachusetts cities and towns, or 328 municipalities, are enrolled. Created in 2017 as part of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569, the MVP program pairs local leadership and knowledge with a significant investment of resources and funding from the Commonwealth to address ongoing climate change impacts like sea level rise, inland flooding, storms, and extreme temperatures.